Last week over 6,000 stackers met at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the OpenStack Summit. The venue—a half-million square foot marvel of glass, wood, and green construction—offered picturesque views of Vancouver Harbour, a breathtaking backdrop for the hard work of crafting the next rev of OpenStack software, code named Liberty.
Here are my top five takeaways from the week:
1. Serious Enterprise Adoption is Getting All the Press
Big enterprises like WalMart and TD Bank have jumped on the OpenStack train, and pioneers like CERN, Best Buy and Comcast are rapidly growing their deployments. But media coverage of the event didn’t just focus on the big brands: smaller enterprises like DigitalFilm Tree...
At the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver today, we announced two expansions to the Blue Box Cloud product lineup. Both advance our strategy to give enterprises the private cloud infrastructure they need, on their terms, without the hassle and engineering overhead of having to run their own infrastructure.
In addition to our hosted Blue Box Cloud Standard edition, there’s now hosted Blue Box Cloud Enterprise edition, as well as a rapidly approaching GA date on our Blue Box Cloud On-Prem for Enterprises.
Let’s take each in turn.
Blue Box Cloud Enterprise edition
Blue Box Cloud Enterprise edition is the first of our two announcements today. It’s a new, enhanced version of...
In Greek mythology, the Hydra is a multi-headed monster which grows two heads where one is cut off, quickly overpowering all who attempt to bring it under control. A hybrid cloud deployment done wrong can also escalate into something fierce and unpredictable. BUT! Done right, a hybrid cloud combining elements of both private and public cloud can successfully accomplish what neither can achieve alone.
When the OpenStack Foundation first reached out to us about a project to develop a hybrid cloud solution in concert with HP and digital post-production film company, DigitalFilm Tree, we couldn’t possibly say no, especially given our background in hybrid cloud deployments.
We understand the value of a hybrid cloud strategy for the media industry, having worked with a variety of...
When OpenStack aficionados gather in Vancouver in a couple of weeks, one of the hot topics will be containers, a “new” alternative to virtualization. Actually, container technology has been around for a couple of decades, but it is trending among the IT community at a fever pitch these days and stands to have a huge impact on the future of cloud computing.
The appeal of container technology is easy to appreciate. In a nutshell, containers can enable you to run many more applications on the same hardware than using hypervisors and virtual machines, and they can greatly enhance the application development process with their portability and almost instantaneous startup time.
One of the hottest container technologies is...
Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) is a powerful model, but its value is often misunderstood. During the first year of Blue Box Cloud general availability, the most consistent question I received was, “Why an OpenStack hosted private cloud?” And the answer can be distilled down to these concepts:
Our success in offering Blue Box Cloud can be traced back to one or more of these concepts in most cases, and it’s my intent to explain each of them to enable clear discussion with those evaluating a hosted, managed private cloud like ours.
SECURITY: IT IS PRIVATE CLOUD, AFTER ALL
Security is the most basic value-add of Blue Box...